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Another day on the island...

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Looks like another great day for yard work here, get outside away from your damn radios and enjoy it. Remember ham radio is just a hobby...did you hear that Friendly Bunch? It is not normal to squat on a frequency (3919) seven days a week from 6-11pm!!!!!! You guys need a 12 step program to get away from cult leader Bobby #1.

So let's get started: Step 1:  We admitted we were powerless over our 3919 Friendly Bunch addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.

This is the most important step. We have to realize that it is not normal to sit in front of a HF transceiver seven days a week for 4-5 hours a night. It is not normal for an entire group of grown men to think they must check in every night or they will miss something. Nothing is ever discussed, you can't miss anything. It is the net about NOTHING.....consistently. It is not normal nor necessary to ID with your coveted FB assigned number every ten minutes FCC REGS SAY THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE TALKED IN THE PREVIOUS TEN MINUTES YOU DO  NOT HAVE TO ID. IT IS MINDLESS FOR 20 + GUYS TO ID EVERY TEN MINUTES...IT IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME AND THE MAIN REASON YOU ALL SOUND LIKE BOBBY'S MINIONS. I received an email from a member who posed the question to a FCC employee who confirmed the ID is in excess and not necessary.....I wish someone could video you for an hour and play it back so you could see how ridicules you all sound...Bobby has you all brainwashed, walk away from the light and get your life back. It is not normal to use a wireless headset so you can go to the bathroom and kitchen and not miss an ID session. It is not normal to go to bed with a Friendly Bunch T-Shirt and hat on. It is not normal to stay on frequency during thunder and lightning storms and approaching tornadoes because you are afraid you are going to miss something. It is not normal to say roger...roger....roger at the end of every exchange. It is not normal to have a Canadian Sharman priest say a blessing for the Friendly Bunch each evening. It is not normal to have three SDR radios going on your computer while on frequency to triangulate jammers.....If the most important thing in you  life is checking in to the Friendly Bunch every single night, YOU MIGHT NEED A 12 STEP PROGRAM ASAP!

I am going to approach the ARRL and see if they can form an Intervention Group to help these addicted hams and get them into a 12 step rehab program and become normal functioning members of society again.   Step 2 tomorrow

Educator, Author, Contester Fred Cady, KE7X, SK

Fred Cady, KE7X, of Bozeman, Montana, died on May 16. An ARRL Life Member, he turned 77 earlier this month. Cady was a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Montana State University. He coauthored The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook with Vic DiCiccio, VE3YT. Cady also wrote several manuals on how to use Elecraft equipment.

Licensed in 1959, Cady earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He taught for more than 40 years and published five textbooks on microcomputers.

An avid CW contester, Cady was a member of the world record-holding Team Vertical contest group.

“Fred was my very dear friend and an important mentor for me,” DiCiccio said. “Working with him to write The Successful Ham book was a joy.  He helped so many people as a professor, author of his books, and in his role as a volunteer fireman, fire chief, and deputy chief.  He will be deeply missed.” 

Ham Fest friendships, traditions continue

The Fairborn Daily Herald reports that for many amateur radio operators, Hamvention is a reunion

It’s where friends meet up for a weekend, or hams run into familiar faces that they see just once a year.

Chuck Hill and Rick Snead are continuing that tradition this year, making the Greene County Fairgrounds their reunion site.

The two Hamvention attendees — plus two more in their group — talk to each other on their radios at night from their homes in North Carolina.

“It’s just for fun,” Hill, who has attended Hamvention for the last 24 years, said. “You come back up here every year and a lot of the people you see you’ve seen at other ham events in other states. And you see people that you haven’t seen in a year but you know because you met them here.”

Snead and Hill both got early starts in radios.

Hill, who’s been licensed for 45 years, said he started out with a Citizens Band (CB) radio. Snead said he also used a CB radio when he was 10 or 12, then became a licensed amateur radio operator when he was 15.

Read the full story at
https://www.fairborndailyherald
.com/news/35207/ham-fest-friendships-traditions-continue

How to Make a Contact or Not

I frequently hear guys on FM Simplex come on the air and give their call sign once and say 'CQ'. Like "KB0GEV CQ" ... Now was that KE0, KB0, or KD0 ... GEV, GBZ ?; B, C, D, E, G, P, T, V and Z sound very much alike when there is unfamiliarity or old ears listening.

You have to make noise on a unpopulated radio frequency especially if you have a new call that know one knows. There is no radio dispatcher monitoring your frequency 24/7.

You can't just give your call once and expect to have anyone answer you.

If you are on a repeater a single call like that might be all you need to make a contact.

If you want to be ignored just say, "KB0GEV testing."

146.52 Simplex, as an example, isn't monitored by a police radio dispatcher. It may be just be one of several scanned frequencies that some one might hear in the back ground of their "Noise of Life."

Guys who might respond to you have to get over to where their radio is located or popular pull out their Handi Talkie, and listen for you. If you never make a second call they won't know who or what it was.

If no one knows your call sign (like if you are travelling through town in your car), you have to repeat your call several times and then use phonetics, (Kilo Bravo Zero Golf Echo Victor Mobile in Texas City). Then say "Listening on 52", so the scanning guys will know where to respond to you. Then tell them what you are doing and what you need; a radio check, directions, traffic reports or just a QSO/Contact/ SOTA, etc...

I hear this on HF SSB also, If you don't know the local operating protocol, Listen and see what other guys are doing. Get to know your microphone and how far away it should be from your mouth and how to talk across it without blasting it. Breath and wind noises will block your voice.

Happy Contacts

Paul W0RW

TUESDAY EDITION: Beautiful day, windows open, birds chirping, and about 70 at 7am. Good day to mow the estate and do a little weed whacking to annoy the neighbors. A walk over to beach to tan up this old white body should fill the rest of the day out....

Photos from the 2019 Hamvention

Once again this year we took well over 300 photos of both the inside exhibitors and the flea market areas of the 2019 Hamvention held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

The weather was almost perfect for the entire three day event and it seemed attendance was strong.

If you missed attending Hamvention this year, perhaps you'll enjoy a virtual tour in our photo collections!

Click here to view our photos of the Hamvention Flea Market:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/05/2019-hamvention-photos-friday-flea-market/

Click here to view photos of the Hamvention Inside Exhibits:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/05/2019-hamvention-photos-inside-exhibits/

ICQPodcast - The Big Three Announcements from Hamvention 2019

In this special edition of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast, we interview the breaking hardware announcements from Dayton Hamvention, Yaesu’s FT-3DR Handheld, FlexRadio Multiplex Software and Elecraft K4.

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50 MHz activity needed - 13 June 2019

This year the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) starts on 28 October and will last four weeks.

An important agenda item for the amateur service is for the WRC to consider the consolidation and extension of 50 MHz in Region 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asiatic Russia).

One of the national telecoms administrations, which are actively supporting the proposal, is the Czech Republic; unfortunately some other administrations are actively opposed.

To gather solid evidence of the high level of amateur activity on the band, and at the same time to demonstrate that amateurs can co-exist with other band users including the military, IARU is supporting a monitoring trial in the middle of June.

The event is being run by the Czech national radio society, in conjunction with their regulator. It is part activity period and part contest.

Government and professional users will be monitoring (and some will be transmitting as well) so it is important that we make a good showing. Remember, by the way, that if you do hear any non-amateur stations you must make sure you do NOT cause them any interference.

Full details can be found on the iaru-r1.org website.

Date and times are Thursday 13 June 2019 07:30 - 09:00 UTC and 11:00 - 12:30 UTC

There needs to be as much activity as possible on the band during these two periods, preferably sticking to the Czech power limit of 25 W ERP.
It doesn't matter whether the band is open or not, just get on the air using SSB, CW, Digital, or all three.
It is not essential that you should submit an entry for the contest although that would be appreciated, but IARU would definitely like as many logs as possible (contest or non-contest) to be sent in by 15 June, to provide solid evidence that can be used in pre-WRC planning.

CQ Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

CQ Magazine over the weekend announced the 2019 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 5 new members for 2019, making a total of 326 inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors radio amateurs who have made significant contributions “to Amateur Radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet.” The 2019 inductees are:

  • John Attaway, Sr., K4IIF (SK) — Served for more than 20 years as CQ’s DX Editor, proposing the establishment of the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 1967. Professionally, he was a chemist who spent 26 years as Director of Scientific Research for the Florida Department of Citrus. He served on several industry committees and was named to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ — Authored the DXLab software suite, which he has placed in the public domain, and provided behind-the-scenes help in integrating ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW) software with outside programs
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX — Director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau and the first woman ever to hold a senior elected position in the ITU.
  • Predescu Florin Cristian, YO0CNU — Founder of Europe’s Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) program to encourage young people to become hams and be active on the air.
  • Ellen White, W1YL — First licensed in 1946, White served for more than 25 years (1952 – 1978) on the ARRL Headquarters staff, at one point heading up ARRL contesting activities. She retired as Deputy Communications Manager and became QST “How’s DX?” editor. On her own time, she recorded QST on tape for the vision impaired through the US Library of Congress talking book program. She recently was named as a recipient of the E.T. Krenkel Medal for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio.

CQ DX Hall of Fame

CQ has announced the induction of two new members to its CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance, but also give back to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton DX dinner on May 17.

The 2019 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

  • Joe Taylor, K1JT — Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist who has revolutionized the face of DXing with his WSJT-X suite of weak-signal digital modes, including FT8, which is capable of decoding signals well below the noise level. Other WSJT-X modes have revolutionized VHF/UHF DXing, including via moonbounce and meteor scatter. Taylor shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of binary pulsars.
  • Silvano Borsa, I2YSB, and the Italian DXpedition Team — The Italian DXpedition Team has made more than 20 major DXpeditions in the past 20 years, mostly to Africa, where its members have activated more than a dozen rare countries, making nearly 1.4 million contacts along the way. The team has arranged for the donation and delivery of two ambulances from Italy to Somalia, one of the many countries it has activated. Other Italian DXpedition Team members include: Alfeo Caputo, I1HJT; Vincio Ravizza, IK2CIO; Angelo Selva, IK2CKR; Marcello Cassinelli, IK2DIA; Stefano Casari, IK2HKT; Angelo Gino Zambaiti, IK2RZP, and Mac Shimamoto, JA3USA.

The CQ DX Hall of Fame was established in 1967 to recognize those amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and DXpeditioning. This weekend marked the 54thannual induction.

CQ Contest Hall of Fame

CQ magazine inducted two new members into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors contesters who stand out in their own contesting performance while also contributing greatly to the avocation as a whole. CQ Contesting Editor David Siddall, K3ZJ, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton Contest Dinner on May 18.

The 2019 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

  • Bruce Horn, WA7BNM — He provides a great service to the contesting community via web-based resources for many popular contests. He maintains the most comprehensive contest calendar on the web, and he developed the popular 3830Scores.com website, where contesters post raw scores after an event, to compare notes and search past contest logs. He is also manager of the North American QSO Party and developed the current National Contest Journal (NCJ) website.
  • Dean Straw, N6BV — An outstanding contester, a talented writer, editor, presenter, and educator, Straw has advanced the state of the art in antennas, computer modeling, propagation, and contest planning and preparation. As an ARRL staff member for 15 years, he edited multiple editions of The ARRL Antenna Book and several other publications. He also developed the High Frequency Terrain Analysis (HFTA) software, which revolutionized antenna system planning by linking antenna design, installation height, tower location, surrounding terrain, and the expected angles of propagation to target regions. His work with the propagation prediction program VOACAP revolutionized contest planning, allowing specific band opening predictions dependent on solar conditions to indicate optimal times for band changes and operations.
  • Kresimir “Chris” Kovarik, 9A5K (SK) — He developed the DXLog and KLog programs, competed in the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC), and served the broader Amateur Radio community in Europe as past president of the Croatian Amateur Radio Association and as vice-chairman of the IARU Region 1 HF Committee. Kovarik died earlier this year.

The CQ Contest Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize those amateurs who have made major contributions to the art of radio contesting. This year’s inductions bring the total number of members of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame to 74.    

MONDAY EDITION: I had to change web servers at GoDaddy.com and we may experience a few glitches in the next few days, bear with me...Dayton sounded like a great time. Interesting that TenTec and Alpha shared a booth after a few years of total inactivity at ham fairs and QST advertising. They had an Alpha Amplifier key down at 1500 watts into a dummy load thrut the event. Alpha tough, don't try that with any Ameritron product! The $500 dollar Yaesu FT3DR was a hit despite the $500 dollar price tag. Expert Engineering from Russia had a SDR radio that seems to be better than the Elecraft SDR in that it has a Windows 10 computer built in and you can run multiple monitors and use the radio for web browsing, word processing, etc....very cool indeed and price around $5000 but service will be a problem....Attendance seemed to be up probably due to the nice weather..Band conditions on 75 meters at night have been absolutely horrible lately. Time to dust off the amplifier for the summer....

Yasme Foundation Designates Supporting Grant, Excellence Award Recipients

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has awarded $5,000 each to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) and ARRL scholarship programs for 2019, and $5,000 in general support to World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) in Italy and a second grant to sponsor the so-called “Widow’s Ball” during WRTC 2022.

The Yasme Foundation Board also announced Yasme Excellence Award winners. They are:

  • Angel Vazquez, WP3R, for his work in disaster relief, and as an outstanding ambassador for Amateur Radio.
  • Nikola Percin, 9A5W, for his outstanding work in advancing Amateur Radio in Croatia and the surrounding region. He is a cofounder of 9A1A. Percin initiated efforts to recruit young amateurs and established youth programs in coordination with local universities.

The Yasme Excellence Award recognizes individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio. These may be in recognition of technical, operating, or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for the growth of Amateur Radio. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually engraved crystal globe.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, including DXing and the introduction and promotion of Amateur Radio in developing countries. 


New Russian SDR transceiver with a Windows 10 computer built in...

Hamvention 2019 - Sunday Roundup

Although the last and shortest day of Dayton Hamvention is usually the least crowded, the ARRL Expo had early visitors making their rounds, particularly for books.

In the morning, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, presented a forum on ARRL’s new Volunteer Monitor Program. A well-known former FCC employee, Hollingsworth explained how the program came to be at request from the FCC and stressed the importance of keeping high standards on the air. As the program was organized, he described how he polled FCC directors to see which areas needed more coverage from the ARRL, and received detailed responses the very next day — a sign of the FCC’s faith in the program’s effectiveness.

The sun continued shining and lines for ice cream vendors grew in the afternoon. Most popular this year were food stands serving cheesesteak and corndog options, which consistently drew long lines. Only at the end of convention did the wind pick up significantly, and crowds began dispersing in preparation for an approaching storm that just missed Hamvention weekend.

This Sunday was the first time Hamvention offered free admission for Sunday in hopes of drawing those from the area who may not be dedicated hams, but have some interest in what goes on at the annual convention. By all accounts, this year had brisk attendance — some of the highest since the convention’s relocation to the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.   ARRL

Photos of the new Elecraft K4

We’ve posted a number of photos of two engineering prototypes of the new Elecraft K4 direct-sampling SDR on the SWLing Post.

Elecraft kindly allowed us to take these photos prior to the opening of the 2019 Hamvention. K4 pricing starts around $4,000 US and Elecraft is already taking pre-orders.

Elecraft expects to start shipping the K4 by the end of the year.

Click here to view photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/05/first-look-elecraft-k4-photos-and-preliminary-information/

CQ Contest Hall of Fame

CQ magazine has just announced the induction of three new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also 'give back' to the hobby in outstanding ways.

CQ Contesting Editor David Siddall, K3ZJ, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton contest dinner on May 18th.

The 2019 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

* Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, provides a great service to the contesting com-
munity via web-based resources for many popular contests. He maintains
the most comprehensive contest calendar on the web, and he developed
the popular <3830Scores.com> website where contesters go to post raw
scores after an event ends, to compare notes and search past contest
logs. He is also manager of the North American QSO Party and developed
the current National Contest Journal website.

* Dean Straw, N6BV, is an outstanding contester, a talented writer,
editor, presenter and educator, and has advanced the state of the
art in antennas, computer modeling, propagation and contest planning
and preparation. As an ARRL staff member for 15 years, he edited
multiple editions of The ARRL Antenna Book and several other public-
ations. He also developed the High Frequency Terrain Analysis (HFTA)
software ,which revolutionized antenna system planning by linking
antenna design, installation height, tower location, surrounding
terrain, and the expected angles of propagation to target regions.
His work with the propagation prediction program VOACAP revolution-
ized the way we plan for contests, allowing specific band opening
predictions dependent on solar conditions to indicate when band changes
and operations should be planned.

* Kresimir "Chris" Kovarik, 9A5K (SK), developed the DXLog and KLog
programs, competed in the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC)
and served the broader amateur radio community in Europe as past
president of the Croatian Amateur Radio Association and as vice-
chairman of the IARU Region 1 HF Committee. He became a Silent Key
earlier this year.

The CQ Contest Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize those amateurs who have made major contributions to the art of radio contesting. This is the 36th annual induction.

QSO Today - Bill Brown - WB8ELK

Exploration of the edge of space, first by astronaut Jordan Kittinger in Project Highman, began Bill Brown’s, WB8ELK’s, fascination with, adaptation of amateur radio to high altitude weather balloons and later to smaller pico balloons that Bill tracks around the world using amateur radio beacons that he fabricates for his balloon launches.

With over 600 launches to his credit, it easy to say that WB8ELK is an expert in high altitude ballooning and amateur radio

Listen to the podcast

WEEKEND EDITION: Beautiful day, 70 degrees and sun Saturday morning. Weather was ok out at the big Ohio ham fest from my inside sources, more info and photos shortly. Notable NO-SHOW at the hamfest was Blow Hard Bobby, self proclaimed leader of the fastest growing group in ham radio, the FriendlyBunch! You think a man of his stature and fame would have a welcoming booth and a Kool Aid recruiting stand in the center of the festivities selling hats and jackets....On a brighter note, now about the 70 year old Air Force vet who started walking from MA on his way to California to shed light on shitty vet health care, homelessness, etc....the man has balls. He expects to make the 3000 mile hike by Halloween...Bernie Sanders walks into a bar andYells… “Free drinks for everyone!”Looks around and says “Who’s buying?”....whoa, HRO is selling the Icom 7300 for $899.95 and Yaesu FT-991a for $1099 after rebates and more Yaesu FT 70 2/440 Fusion hand held for $135....

NEW RF-KIT Powers Amplifiers


RF2K-S "Silent Series" Solid State 1,500 watt Linear Amplifiers are a DX Engineering North America exclusive!
Estimated arrival is Fall 2019 – the RF2K-S kit version, which YOU can build, may be backordered immediately with no charges until it is ready to ship. The fully assembled version will be available for order only after FCC certification has been completed.
Both kit and assembled versions offer exactly the same ground-breaking features that is pushing the envelope of present-day linear amplifier designs. Full legal limit capabilities across all bands, 160 through 6 meters, and updated speed controlled low noise fans and pin diode T/R switching for extra quiet operation, the RF2K-S is certain to be an absolute operating pleasure for hams around the world. The on-board whisper quiet switching power supply supports operation on mains from 90 to 290 Vac. With a nominal RF input of 55 watts, this amplifier achieves 800 watts output running on 110 – 120 Vac and 1,500 watts out running on 230 – 240 Vac.

RF-KIT RF2K-S Amplifier Specifications and Features:

  • Frequency Range: 1.8-30 MHz and 50-54 MHz
  • RF Power Output: 1,500 Watts CW/SSB
  • RF Input Drive Level: 55 Watt all bands (US Version)
  • Dual LDMOS devices rated at 3400 watts
  • Efficiency: Up to 70% varies by band
  • Very silent operation with speed controlled low noise fans and pin diode TX/RX switching
  • Transmit-Receive transfer time:  < 5mS 
  • Internal Automatic Antenna Tuner with unlimited memories
  • 7-inch Color Touch Screen
  • Multiple user selectable displays
  • Excellent signal quality
  • Predistortion output -55 dB for equipped transceivers
  • Auto RF Sense Band Selection
  • YAESU® Band Data Interfaces
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  • CAT data through IP (UDP)
  • LAN Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity (host and client mode)
  • Quiet Internal Power Supply, Input Range 90-290 Vac
  • Full power 1,500W on 230 Vac; 800W output at 110 Vac
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  • Remote Internet operation via PC, Tablet, or cell phone; supports Windows Android, Linux, Apple IOS, others
  • Remote Power On with +12 Vdc
  • RF Connectors:  1 x SO-239 Transceiver, 4 x SO-239 Antennas 1-4
  • Dimensions WHD: 12.205 x 7.480 16.732 in.  (310 x 190 x 425 mm)
  • Weight: 35.2 lbs. (16kg)


Dual LDMOS devices, rated for 3,400 Watts total power, are handled cleanly by super-fast pin diode RF switching, supporting flawless QSK CW. Enjoy hands-free RF-sense automatic band changing and the internal automatic antenna tuner with unlimited memories. You really don't need to touch the RF-KIT RF2K-S because it is fully remote controllable via PC USB, LAN Ethernet and even by Wi-Fi. It supports control by programs of virtually any platform or operating system. But, you will be compelled to use the gorgeous 7 in. color touch screen of this amplifier, with multiple user selectable displays. Or, simply view the identical real-time status, power, SWR and temperature information on your PC, laptop or mobile device screen. One RF input and four antenna outputs on the rear panel are selectable remotely or by touch screen.

Enhanced with a pre-distortion output for equipped transceivers, excellent signal quality and presence is the hallmark of RF-KIT Power Amplifiers. Equipped for very "silent" operation in the shack, the RF2K-S ushers in a new era of linear amplifier excellence.


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Amateur Radio Newsline

WIA PRESENTERS TO FOCUS ON MICROWAVES, RF MANAGEMENT

JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a reminder that just as the excitement over Dayton Hamvention starts to become a memory, hams will be heading to Sydney Australia for their own excitement. Graham Kemp VK4BB has some of that agenda.

GRAHAM: Attendees at the Wireless Institute of Australia's conference who are gathering May 24th to 26th in Sydney, will have an opportunity to learn in greater depth about operating on the microwave bands. David Minchin VK5KK, who has been active in the millimeter part of the spectrum since 1979, will be presenting a look at microwave operation around Australia. If you don't catch up with him at the AGM, you can otherwise find him calling QR Zed between 1.296 MHz and 122 GHz and also on 10 GHz EME. Another presenter on the agenda is John Buckley VK2LWB, who will share the podium with Peter Twartz, principle of a company specialising in RF management at large-scale events. The two will discuss spectrum management and the challenges of managing RF in areas that the ACMA already has declared as "high density."

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.

JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile as Newsline went to production, Hamvention plans included an appearance by John Amodeo AA6JAX producer of TV's "Last Man Standing" on Friday at the D-STAR gathering at 6:30 p.m. at the Drury Inn and Suites Dayton North -- and on Sunday free admission to the Greene County fairgrounds for the public.

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RAIN REPORT NOW ARCHIVES ONLY

JIM/ANCHOR: If the Radio Amateur Information Network report - or RAIN report - has been a big part of your ham radio life, you have one man to thank for all those good years. Don Wilbanks AE5DW speaks for all of us as he presents this tribute to the podcast's creator, who is retiring from the production studio.

DON: Since the mid 1980s Hap Holly, KC9RP has been producing weekly news bulletins. The RAIN Report, for Radio Amateur Information Network, began as part of The BEAR Information Service, a Chicago based ham radio program on the Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater. His weekly 10 to 15 minute magazine-style reports have been a staple of ham radio news reporting for decades. Now, as time marches on, Hap has decided to hang up the headphones and turn off the mic. If you don't know about Hap Holly, his story is worthy of some research. Born to blind parents, Hap is also blind. One morning at age 7, Hap Holly woke up totally sightless. His family story was the subject of a 420-page book "What Love Sees." That book became a made-for-tv movie airing on CBS in 1996. He got his ham ticket in 1965 and a year later served as a phone patch and net control for the Westcars traffic net. Hap credits Amateur Radio Newsline founder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF as inspiration for the RAIN Report. That friendship continued until Bill's passing in 2015. Over the decades Hap shared his Hamvention booth space with Newsline and we shared stories and audio between the two reports. Although Hap is no longer recording new RAIN Reports, the archives will remain online. There is so much more to Hap's inspiring story whan we have time for here, so I encourage you to visit the website, therainreport.com to learn more about this amazing gentleman and listen to the archived Rain Reports. It will be time well spent. All of us at Amateur Radio Newsline wish you well in your retirement, Hap. Thank you for the decades of friendship! For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

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ANOTHER LEAP OF FAITH BY PARACHUTE MOBILE

JIM/ANCHOR: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane - wait, it's a ham radio operator! Andy Morrison tells us about some high-flying hams beneath those parachutes.

ANDY: We all know there are stars in the sky - but what about AllStar in the sky? The radio link network is expected to add a whole new dimension to Mission 35 of the Parachute Mobile hams at their next skydiving-with-a-radio adventure in California. The hams are jumping off into the high altitudes above earth on Saturday May 25th, parachutes and radios at the ready. According to Rob KC6TYD, the team's AllStar node, built by Fred W6BSD, will be making its debut as another means of making contact. It will be available as will EchoLink. The hams taking that leap of faith out of the airplane are also looking to make 2 meter QSOs on 146.430 simplex and 20 meter QSOs on 14.250 MHz, all beneath the canopy of their parachutes - and of course, the sky.

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W9IMS SET FOR 500-MILE RACE

JIM/ANCHOR: Members of the W9IMS Amateur Radio Club are revved up for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. For the past 16 years this official Amateur Radio Club of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has made contacts globally during the time leading up to each race. The special event station goes on the air May 20th and will take check-ins until after the race on May 28th. The operators can be worked on 20 and 40 meters SSB and on FT8. This is the second special event station this year for W9IMS. They were most recently on the air during the Indy Grand Prix, which was held May 11.
QSL information is available at QRZ.com.

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TUNE UP YOUR ANTENNA WITH 100 WATTS AND A WIRE

JIM/ANCHOR: Whether you're a ragchewer or a contester, you'll want to try this noncompetitive way of testing your antenna's performance. Heather Embee KB-3-T-ZED-D has more details.

HEATHER: Wherever your antenna happens to be pointed, you can be sure of one thing: It's going to be pointed in the direction of fellowship and fun on the weekend of June 7th through 9th. The ‘100 Watts and a Wire’ online community is hosting its first Antenna Tune-Up Event. A way to welcome spring, celebrate antennas in all their variety and glory, and provide an opportunity to give true signal reports. A way to enjoy a non-competitive activity and explore what the antenna at your home QTH, or even at a portable location can do - on any band and any mode, at any time between 00:00 UTC (zero-hundred UTC) on Friday, June 7th through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, June 9th. Details are posted at 100wattsandawire-dot-com.

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WW2 NAVAJO CODE TALKER DIES IN ARIZONA

JIM/ANCHOR: Another member of the Native American Navajo tribe who served in a special mission during the Second World War has died. Jack Parker W8ISH tells us about him.

JACK: Fleming Begaye (BUH-GAY) Sr., who was among three Navajo Code Talkers honored at the White House in November of 2017, has died. He had been one of hundreds of members of the Navajo tribe who assisted the U.S. military during World War II confusing the Japanese by using a code based on the Navajo language. The Navajo Nation said that Fleming Begaye (BUH-GAY) fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Battle of Tinian and was wounded during his service. His service as a Code Talker in the U.S. Marine Corps lasted from 1943 to 1945.

He died on Friday May 10th in Arizona at the age of 97.

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SILENT KEY: SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP'S DAVID PAUL VONDIELINGEN AD8B

JIM/ANCHOR: Hams involved in the ARRL's School Club Roundup have been shaken by the loss of a devoted and beloved supporter. Neil Rapp WB9VPG has that story.

NEIL: An amateur radio operator who combined his commitment to teaching with his love of being a ham has become a Silent Key. David Paul Von Dielingen AD8B is perhaps best remembered not just as a booster of School Club Roundup, but a ham who used his talents to make this activity for school radio clubs even better. The retired teacher had been the author of a logging program dedicated specifically for the roundup - his earliest versions were for Microsoft DOS and Apple formats and later versions were written for Windows and Mac. He notes on his profile page on QRZ.com [quote]: "School Club Roundup became my favorite venue for putting students on the air as third-party operators." [endquote] Indeed, the back of his classroom was outfitted for a time with his personal rig, an IC-735. During his retirement, he always took the two weeks of School Club Roundup each year to contact as many schools as possible, spot them, and list them in a chat box he also created for the event so that schools could more easily find each other on the air.

The Missouri native died on Tuesday, May 7th at his home in Garber, Oklahoma. Dave VonDielingen was 71.

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SOTA ACTIVATION BY TRIO ON MOUNT ETNA

JIM/ANCHOR: It seems that Mount Etna was particularly active recently - but no worries, there was no lava involved at this volcanic site. Ed Durrant DD5LP explains.

ED: This trio of hams only had a short time on the summit -- but this summit happened to be Mount Etna, site of an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, so they made the most of their time. Beppe EYE-ONE-W-K-N (I1WKN) and his friends Riccardo EYE-ZED-ONE-G-D-B (IZ1GDB) and Fabrizio EYE-ZED-ONE-D-N-Q (IZ1DNQ) hiked up with all their gear on the 12th of May but did not go to the very top. Beppe told Newsline that inclement weather and the park rules at this UNESCO World Heritage site only permitted them a short time for their activation. They set up a distance of 20 meters below the top, on the south west border of the crater and operated between the rocks for protection against the winds.
According to Riccardo, wind speeds reached as much as 80 or 90 kilometres per hour - or more than 50 miles per hour. The team managed to have a few QSOs on 40 metres and 20 metres - contacting Italian operators and hams elsewhere in Europe, including Spain and the Czech Republic. Beppe told Newsline he hoped to return to Etna but he plans to wait for better weather and warmer temperatures

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SOUTH AFRICAN AMATEURS PREPARE FOR NEW BEACONS

JIM D/ANCHOR: Members of the South African Radio League are prepping for a workshop that will help shape the future of beacons they have planned. For those details we turn to Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

JIM M: The South African Radio League is putting up two new 2-metre beacons and the project's final shape will be discussed on Saturday the 25th of May when SARL and AMSAT SA hold a joint VHF workshop. Issues on the agenda include the debate over whether horizontal or vertical polarisation would be better utilised for long distances on VHF. The project is considering whether an assortment of Yagi antennas would be the best choice to get the widest coverage possible.

One beacon will cover Karoo and the other will serve the Bethlehem area. The workshop at the SARL National Amateur Radio Centre is expected to last about five hours and will conclude with a presentation by SARL President Nico van Rensburg ZS6QLX on the future of VHF and UHF in amateur radio.

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HONORS FOR THOSE WHO PUT OSCAR 100 IN SPOTLIGHT

JIM D/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain has conferred honors on some of the hams who played major roles in the Oscar 100 satellite mission.

JEREMY: The Qatar (KAT-R) Oscar 100 mission already made big news last year when it was launched as the first geostationary satellite with amateur radio transponders on board. Now some of the hams behind the project have landed in the spotlight by being honoured at the annual general meeting of the Radio Society of Great Britain for their work on the mission.

They include satellite expert Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, who received the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communication. He was recognized as a team leader on the project. Another award - the Fraser Shepherd Award for Research into Microwave Applications for Radio Communication - went to four British hams. They are: Dave Crump, G8GKQ; Phil Crump, M0DNY; Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, and Graham Shirville, G3VZV. The quartet was recognised for its development and installation of a WebSDR to receive the narrow band transponder WebSDR and wide-band transponder spectrum monitor. Both allow listeners to use a standard web browser to receive communications on QO-100.

The satellite, a joint project between the Qatar (KAT-R) Satellite Company, the Qatar (KAT-R) Amateur Radio Society and AMSAT Deutschland was launched last November from the Kennedy Space Centre in the United States.

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WORLD OF DX

In the World of DX,

Members of the Slovak Amateur Radio Association are operating special event stations OM83IHWC and OM2019IIHF during the 83rd Ice Hockey World Championship. The games began May 10th and continue through to May 26th. The stations have been on the air since the start of May and will operate until the 31st. Be listening on various HF and VHF bands. A special award is available. QSL Manager for OM2019IIHF and OM83IHWC is OM2FY. All logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. You can request a QSL card via OQRS or by the Bureau.

Members of the Old House Radio Club, including Toni OH5CY, Niko OH5CZ and Juha OH5CW, will be active as OG0C from Åland Islands between May 22 and May 28th. Be listening on 160 through 2 metres where they will be using CW, SSB, FT4, FT8 and MSK144. The group will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest taking place May 25th and 26th.
ASL via OH5C, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

KICKER: COLORADO SCHOOL LEARNS REALITY OF RADIO RESCUE

JIM D/ANCHOR: Our final story reminds us that school shootings have, sadly, become a common reality -- but so too has the fact that radio can make a difference even in the face of such horror. Here's Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: Administrators at one high school outside Denver, Colorado, are true believers in what amateur radio operators have known for years: radio helps save lives. The school is the STEM School Highlands Ranch where on Tuesday May 7th, two students with guns killed one teenager and injured eight other people. It was radio, however, that was credited with getting quick police response. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a recent NBC News report that the school's use of their on-premises police radio got word out about the active shooter situation immediately. That frantic message was, in effect, a broadcast to local law enforcement.

The fact that one of the suspects was in custody within minutes was attributed by experts to a healthy two-way radio link from the campus to the cops. Curtis Lavarello of the School Safety Advocacy Council told NBC that fewer than 10 percent of school agencies have such radio links. He said providing them is as easy as adding police channels to existing radios a school may have or giving the schools unused police radios.

Whether it's cyclones ravishing Asia or hurricanes trouncing the U.S. Atlantic Coast or nightmare situations in schools, radio remains the wireless lifeline for us all. Ask any ham.

FRIDAY EDITION: That new Yaesu FT3DR looks sweet....Our local club provides communications for road races, about a dozen 5k and 1/2 marathon jogs, and the running routes are always along the coast line. ....

Selected Sessions of the 2019 Contest University (CTU) will be Livestreamed

Compliments of Icom America, some sessions of the 2019 Contest University in Dayton (CTU) will be livestreamed via the CTU website. Streaming will begin on May 16 at 1200 UTC. Topics include Radiosport Contesting with Integrity; 2BSIQ & SO3R: Riding the Edge of Human Capabilities, and No-Compromise Remote Contesting. 

EMAIL RE: FRIENDLY FOOLS ON 3919

He (Bobby #1) doesn't know the difference between a Dryline and an outflow boundary. Plus one of his controllers waited till the lightning was only 2 miles away before he shut down last night . I  wonder who will be responsible if someone gets hurt over this rampant ignorance. You could tell his controller waited till the bitter end for the team. But for what end? Why isn't he at the Hamvention to be with his minions instead of going on a fishing trip this weekend ? Must be a reason... Must be tough being the man behind the curtain...K3XXX

Vintage NFD video released

The RSGB have released archive footage of the National Field Day held June 7-8, 1947, (mostly around SE England)

NB. There is no sound with this video

Watch RSGB Archive film - NFD 1947
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeLeecrhytw

The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for the 10-year term. This incorrect conclusion resulted from an incomplete reading of the May 7 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019.

Although the Schedule of Regulatory Fees does show a $7 annual fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs, a boldface heading in that section of the NPRM states, “REGULATORY FEES. This section is no longer in effect as it has been amended by RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018...” Section 9(e)(2) of RAY BAUM’S Act gives the Commission discretion to exempt a party from paying regulatory fees when the FCC determines that the cost of collection exceeds the amount collected. A new section 9(e)(1) incorporated the Amateur Radio vanity fee exemption from FCC rules into the statute.

The NPRM makes clear in several other places that regulatory fees no longer apply to Amateur Radio licenses. The FCC eliminated the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs in 2015. 

Foundations of Amateur Radio #206

SDR: How many colours inside a Software Defined Radio?

If you were asked to make an image of the Sydney harbour bridge and only use four dots, the viewer might struggle to determine what was the bridge, the sky, the water and the Sydney Opera House. Regardless of the number of colours available to you, the number of dots would not be enough information for most people. You might have a nice piece of art on your hands, but it might be ineligible for the Archibald prize. Even if you were allowed many colours, and just four dots, figuring out if the blue dot was water, sky, or the background of the Australian flag on top of the bridge might be just as complicated.

If you were asked to make the image with one hundred dots, and only use black and white, from the perspective of the viewer you'd have a result that was easier to understand. Use a thousand dots, even easier, even if you only used black and white.

Now, if you were to use a hundred dots, with ten colours, your image might be just as easy to understand as if it was a thousand dots in black and white.

The point is, there are two things going on here. The number of dots and the information contained in each dot.

More dots or more colours, or both, will help your image.

Similarly, in Software Defined Radio, more dots, that is, more samples, will help and as I've previously mentioned, you need at least twice the number of samples as the highest frequency that you're measuring. But what of the colours in relation to an SDR?

Measuring voltage as a human with a piece of paper is pretty straightforward. Provided you've got a Volt meter, a piece of paper and a scribble stick, you're good to go. If you measure your voltage as 1 Volt, you write 1, if it's -1 Volt, you write -1. Similarly, if it's 100 Volts, you'd write 100, 13.8 Volts and you'd write 13.8. We'll get back to colours in a moment.

Provided your paper is big enough, you can record as many values as you need and as accurately as you desire. 13.8 or 13.8853, makes no difference to a piece of paper.

Computers represent numbers internally using powers of two, called bits. A single bit can represent two values, 0 and 1. Two bits can represent four values, 8 bits represent 256 values and 16 bits represent 65536 different values.

The takeaway is that there are a specific number of values that you can represent inside a computer, depending on how many bits you use.

Consider the values I've mentioned, 1, -1, 100 and 13.8. That's four different values. If it's not immediately obvious, what ever solution you come up with, tracking positive and negative, tracking small and large, whole and fractions should all be part of the mix. In case you're wondering, we're essentially describing here how many colours or values we are going to allow, or in terms of a computer, how many bits.

Let's consider all the values you might measure and represent inside a computer. How many different voltages do you want to be able to record between 1 Volt and 100 Volt?

If you allow for ten values, you can record 10 Volt, 20 Volt and so-on, but you can't record 15 Volt.

If you allow for a hundred values, you can record 1 Volt, 2 Volt and up, but you won't be able to record 1.5 Volt.

If you account for a thousand values then you can record 1.1 Volt, 1.2 Volt and so-on, but you can't record -10 Volt.

Remember, our computer representation can only manage a specific list of values and the size of the list is determined by the number of bits you're using.

The rabbit hole goes even deeper.

Radio signals vary massively in their strength, which is why we use a decibel scale to represent the signal strength, instead of saying station A is a thousand times stronger than station B, we say it has a signal level that's 30 dBm higher. That's comparing a 1 Watt station to a 1 kilowatt station, and in terms of voltage, that's between 20 Volt and 632 Volt.

If you're designing a mechanism to store your measurements inside a computer, you might decide to use dBm to record your measurement. Let's say 30 values from 30 to 60 dBm. Sounds great, where do I sign up?

Not so fast. What happens if our station is running less than 1 Watt, or if it's running 100 kilowatt, like when you happen to receive a nearby FM broadcast station?

Not only do you need to contend with a whole range, called a Dynamic Range of measurements, you also need to deal with what happens to the overall picture.

Let me say that in another way.

Your voltage measurements at the base of your antenna are a representation of the RF information that your antenna is receiving, or transmitting for that matter. Representing that inside a computer means that the values you're using, and how fast your gathering them, determine how well the RF signal is represented.

One thing to note is that the largest values represented by what ever you choose is only part of the problem.

A signal that is stronger than the largest value you can record is not going to be recorded correctly. Similarly, a signal that is so small that it doesn't register as a change, also has an incorrect recording.

Picking the right combination of dots and colours, sample size and bit-depth, doesn't end there, because there's even more to this, but I'll leave that for next time.

To blow your mind, the Dynamic Range, bit-depth and sample size I've talked about in relation to Software Defined Radio, also applies to many other things, like taking a photo with your digital camera, or sampling digital audio, so understanding this in one area will likely help you in other places as well.

he final takeaway is that a computer records a range of values that can represent a measurement in the real world. Picking the correct range of values determines how well your computer represents what your measuring


I'm Onno VK6FLAB

'Cincinnati Liars Lager' June 15 fundraiser will benefit National VOA Museum of Broadcasting

West Chester Grainworks Brewery will create beer, host event

Grainworks Brewing Company of West Chester will help the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting have fun and raise funds by tapping the first keg of its “Cincinnati Liars Lager” at a June 15 fundraiser.

The event will be held at Grainworks, 7790 Service Center Dr. on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from beer sales and “Cincinnati Liars” t-shirts featuring the beer label will benefit the museum. Pints will cost $6; live music, board games and the keg tapping are also planned.

Bottles of “Cincinnati Liars Lager” will be available for sale later this summer at Grainworks. They will also be featured at the museum’s “Celebration of 75 Years of VOA Bethany Station,” its major fundraiser, on Saturday, Sept. 21.

“When the Voice of America at Bethany Station began transmitting shortwave radio war news to the European theater and our Allied troops in September of 1944, we didn’t know if anyone was listening,” said Jack Dominic, VOA museum director. “It soon became apparent that they were. Adolf Hitler, who ran an extensive propaganda machine to control the German people, soon after called the Bethany Station, ‘those Cincinnati liars.’ We’re proud to honor Bethany Station’s contribution to the VOA’s mission of telling the truth in media in order to let people in oppressed countries decide what form of government they want and will support.

THURSDAY EDITION: A sunny start today, let's see how long the sun hangs around..


Hmmmmmm....$500.00

ILLW reaches 200

The 200th registration for this year's International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend has just been received and it is from Latvia which is a rare country for the event and a new lighthouse as well.

Užava Lighthouse (originally established in 1879) is located on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea. The lighthouse stands in an isolated location, on a 28 metre high sand dune, which is permanently threatened by wave action from the Baltic Sea.

The original tower was heavily damaged by artillery shells during World War I with only the octagonal base section remaining.
The present-day lighthouse tower is 19 metres in height, completed in 1925. The inscription of the year 1924 on the nearby weather vane on the light tower's dome roof marks the beginning of construction works of the lighthouse.

This highly popular event, now in its 22nd year, takes place on 17th-18th August with over 500 entries expected. It is a fun weekend with many entrants returning year after year with some taking part every year since 1998. All the details and registration form are on the ILLW web site https://illw.net

Photo tour of the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station

I recently visited the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting station near Greenville, NC and posted a photo tour on the SWLing Post.

The Murrow site--formerly known as "VOA Site B" is the last active US government shortwave transmitting station in the United States. It is a massive site--the main building sits in the middle of a 2800 acre (1133 hectares) campus/antenna field.

The station is still on the air 24/7 and primarily broadcasts to Cuba via the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

Click on the link below to view the photo tour:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/05/photo-tour-the-edward-r-murrow-transmitting-station/

Amateur Radio Roundtable to Livestream 50 Hours of Dayton Hamvention®

Amateur Radio Roundtable and host Tom Medlin, W5KUB, will be back at Dayton Hamvention to livestream the activity and action before, during, and after the May 17 – 19 event. Amateur Radio Roundtable’s show coverage will go live on Thursday, May 16 and continue through the weekend. “This is a big event and we have viewers in about 150 countries,” Medlin said. “Astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join us again for the 7th year as cohost. Join in the live chat room. More information is on the W5KUB Facebook group.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY EDITION: Oops, missed yesterdays edition due to medical crisis in the family which was resolved in a favorable way, so on to ham radio news.....If Mike- N1XW is still down in Key West, they set a new heat record yesterday according to the news....The bog news is the ARRL-FCC Volunteer Monitor program is looking for applicants to replace the old VE program. They are hoping to cut back on the poor operating practice of some on the bands as well as to complement those who operate in an exemplary manner. I hope it works out.

Arizona Homeowners Association - Outdoor Antenna Guidelines

ARRL reports the Board of Directors of a self-contained residential community for older adults has voted to allow limited amateur radio antennas

The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor antennas on their properties. Some 75 hams live in the 10,000-home Sun City Grand, a self-contained residential community for older adults.

An article in the Grand Ham Newsletter by Gordon Bousman, NW7D, called it “a big win” and said the Sun City Grand community homeowners’ association (HOA) is believed to be the largest in the US to permit Amateur Radio antennas. The HOA board includes one radio amateur.
The new antenna guidelines went into effect on May 9.

“The road to success took nearly a year of meetings, negotiations, and occasional setbacks driven by a team of dedicated amateurs who were persistent in reaching our goals,” Bousman said in his article. “While our initial discussion points focused on the possibility of passage of the [Amateur Radio] Parity Act, we later shifted our focus to the value that Amateur Radio operators can bring to the community in the event of an emergency or crisis.”

Bousman told ARRL the group “somewhat” modeled its antenna proposal after that of the Sun City Texas Ham Radio group in Georgetown, Texas, which permitted several years ago. “In our research, we learned that Sun City Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Sun City Henderson, Nevada, also allow certain Amateur Radio antennas,” he added. “There may be other communities with similar antenna permissions, but we did not uncover any in our research.”

The types of antennas permitted are modest. The list includes flagpole antennas that do not exceed 16 feet, verticals that do not rise more than 5 feet above the peak of a home, and wire antennas no higher than 5 feet above the roof peak. No traps in wire antennas are allowed and towers of any type remain prohibited.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arizona-homeowners-association-and-hams-agree-on-outdoor-antenna-guidelines

AmateurLogic 130: Echolink Pi is Back

George completes the 2019 Echolink Pi/SVXlink project. Tommy discovers an interesting new online SDR. Mike, VE3MIC joins us with a really cool BlueDV-AMBE server project. Plus another Foreign Food taste test, courtesy of Kevin Mitchell, ZL1KFM.   VIDEO

ARRL Invites Applications for Volunteer Monitor Positions

ARRL is now accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming part of the new Volunteer Monitor program, a joint undertaking of ARRL and the FCC. The program seeks volunteers who — working under the direction of ARRL — will monitor and survey the Amateur Radio bands both to detect improper activity and to recognize exemplary on-the-air behavior.

Prospective Volunteer Monitors must be ARRL members. They will undergo a training and certification program administered by ARRL, and will be vetted by ARRL through at least one oral interview and a preliminary evaluation by ARRL staff. Such requirements will continue for Volunteer Monitors once they are selected.

Volunteer Monitors will serve 3-year terms at the pleasure of ARRL, and ARRL will reserve the right to terminate the participation of any Volunteer Monitor for any reason.

Volunteer Monitors must be able to utilize state-of-the-art receiving equipment and to access no-cost remote receive sites, if requested. Applicants must possess strong writing and communication skills and an understanding of the importance of thorough documentation. They must have basic word processing and data entry skills and be able to send such information, including recordings, to ARRL electronically.

Applicants must have no history of warning letters or other enforcement-related action from the FCC, must hold a Technician or higher license class, and must have been licensed for at least 3 years.

Applicants should send applications to volunteer-monitor@arrl.org for processing.

In February, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, was named to oversee the development and implementation phases of the Volunteer Monitor program, which will replace the Official Observers (OO) program.

 



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....